Accidents and disasters - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Accidents and disasters Today in History for May 18th Highlights of this day in history: Mt. St. Helens erupts in Washington State; The U.S. Supreme Court upholds racial segregation; Pope John Paul II born... Thu, 18 May 2017 05:12:00 GMT 2017-05-18T05:12:00Z Residents take stock after night of tornadoes in central US ELK CITY, Okla. (AP) — Residents of an Oklahoma subdivision and a Wisconsin trailer park that were leveled by deadly tornadoes sifted through what remained of their homes and possessions Wednesday, even as forecasters warned of another round of powerful storms on the horizon. The twisters were among up to 29 that were reportedly spawned by powerful storms... Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 GMT 2017-05-18T00:00:00Z Memorial service held for wife of ESPN broadcaster Berman WALLINGFORD, Conn. (AP) — A memorial service honoring the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman has been held in Connecticut. The Hartford Courant reports ( ) friends, colleagues and relatives of Berman and his wife gathered Wednesday at Seymour St. John Chapel at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford. Sixty... Wed, 17 May 2017 21:12:00 GMT 2017-05-17T21:12:00Z California tortoises died trying to reproduce during drought LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists examining the deaths of female desert tortoises in Southern California said it appears the animals died while exhausting their water and energy to lay eggs during California's historic drought. Researchers want to know why female tortoises are dying in greater numbers than males in the Joshua Tree National Park. U.S. Geologic... Wed, 17 May 2017 20:48:00 GMT 2017-05-17T20:48:00Z New Zealand quake scientists discover surprise: Hot water WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — When researchers in New Zealand drilled deep into an earthquake fault, they stumbled upon a discovery they say could provide a significant new energy source for the South Pacific nation. The scientists found the water in the Alpine Fault was much hotter than expected, and could potentially be harnessed to generate electricit... Wed, 17 May 2017 17:15:00 GMT 2017-05-17T17:15:00Z Firefighters Battle Sweden Refugee Center Blaze Swedish firefighters battle a fire in Vaxjo which destroyed a cafe and dance hall adjacent to a hotel being used to house refugees. It was one of three... Wed, 17 May 2017 14:33:00 GMT 2017-05-17T14:33:00Z AP Top Stories May 17 A Here's the latest for Wednesday, May 17th: White House says Trump did not tell Comey to stop Flynn investigation; Iraq says Islamic State forces surrounded... Wed, 17 May 2017 10:03:00 GMT 2017-05-17T10:03:00Z Sheriff: 'Total Destruction' From Wisc. Tornado At least one person was killed when a tornado swept into a mobile home park in northwest Wisconsin Tuesday. The Barron County sheriff says about 25 people... Wed, 17 May 2017 07:15:00 GMT 2017-05-17T07:15:00Z 2 dead after tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Wisconsin CHICAGO (AP) — One person was killed when a tornado swept into a mobile home park in Wisconsin Tuesday and another person died when a twister hit a housing subdivision in Oklahoma, as a massive severe storm system battered an area stretching from the South Plains of Texas to the Great Lakes. In Wisconsin, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told severa... Wed, 17 May 2017 04:23:00 GMT 2017-05-17T04:23:00Z The Latest: 1 death as tornado hits Oklahoma subdivision NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather across the nation's midsection (all times local): 10:50 p.m. At least one person has been killed by a tornado that roared through a portion of a western Oklahoma town. The tornado struck about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday and wrecked much of a subdivision on the southern fringe o... Wed, 17 May 2017 03:55:00 GMT 2017-05-17T03:55:00Z The Latest: Mattis 'not worried' about Trump sharing intel WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the report that President Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian officials (all times EDT): 5:15 p.m. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he is "not worried" that President Donald Trump disclosed classified information during discussions with senior Russian leaders. He sa... Wed, 17 May 2017 00:06:00 GMT 2017-05-17T00:06:00Z No problems reported in minute before deadly jet crash MOONACHIE, N.J. (AP) — A plane that crashed near a small airport outside New York City, killing two crew members, didn't report any problems to air traffic controllers a minute before it nosedived, a federal investigator said Tuesday. The Learjet crash Monday afternoon in an industrial area near Teterboro Airport caused a fire that damaged two buildings a... Tue, 16 May 2017 22:32:00 GMT 2017-05-16T22:32:00Z California utility sued by warehouse fire victim relatives OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Relatives of 18 of the 36 people who died in Oakland's "Ghost Ship" warehouse fire added California's Pacific Gas & Electric utility on Tuesday as a defendant in their wrongful death lawsuits. They claimed the company should have known the warehouse's electrical hookups were hazardous and illegally installed. Authorities have not di... Tue, 16 May 2017 22:12:00 GMT 2017-05-16T22:12:00Z Plane with New York CEO, 3 others, missing in Bahamas MIAMI (AP) — Authorities searched in the Bahamas on Tuesday for a small overdue plane with four people from the U.S. on board, including a prominent New York businesswoman and her two children. The U.S. Coast Guard said the twin-engine MU-2B was east of the island of Eleuthera on Monday when air traffic control in Miami lost radar and radio contact with the plane. It was en ... Tue, 16 May 2017 21:54:00 GMT 2017-05-16T21:54:00Z Video Shows Fl. Man Setting Mosque On Fire The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has released video Tuesday of a mosque fire that occurred earlier this year in North Tampa. Tue, 16 May 2017 19:03:00 GMT 2017-05-16T19:03:00Z Jaguar escapes enclosure, attacks monkey at Texas zoo ABILENE, Texas (AP) — Officials insist there was no risk to the public when a jaguar escaped its enclosure and attacked a monkey at a Texas zoo, even though they don't know how the big cat got loose. Abilene Zoo Executive Director Bill Gersonde (gher-SUN-day) says staff discovered 2-year-old Estrella missing Monday morning before the zoo opened for the day. ... Tue, 16 May 2017 14:31:00 GMT 2017-05-16T14:31:00Z Gas Explosion Rips Through Russian Building Russian authorities said a gas explosion in an apartment building in Russia's south killed at least two people and injured eight others on Tuesday. Tue, 16 May 2017 13:46:00 GMT 2017-05-16T13:46:00Z Learjet crashes short of runway, killing 2 crew members CARLSTADT, N.J. (AP) — A jet trying to land at a small airport near New York City crashed less than a mile from the runway among small warehouses and industrial buildings Monday, killing two crew members and sparking a fire that sent thick, black smoke spewing into the air. Surveillance video from a nearby business shows the moment of imp... Tue, 16 May 2017 02:50:00 GMT 2017-05-16T02:50:00Z Couple, 5 kids, family dog die in house fire; cause unknown AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A couple and their five children died Monday in an early morning house fire. A relative identified those killed as 35-year-old Dennis Huggins, 38-year-old Angela Boggs, 14-year-old Jered Boggs, 6-year-old Daisia Huggins, 5-year-old Kylle Huggins, 3-year-old Alivia Huggins and 11-month-old Cameron Huggins. The family dog also was killed. ... Mon, 15 May 2017 23:43:00 GMT 2017-05-15T23:43:00Z AP Top Stories May 15 P Here are the top stories for Monday, May 15th: President Donald Trump says police attacks "must end now"; The UN is condemning North Korea's latest missile... Mon, 15 May 2017 21:54:00 GMT 2017-05-15T21:54:00Z Officials: 7 People Killed in Fire at Ohio Home A fire chief says seven people have died in a northeast Ohio house fire. Akron Fire Chief Clarence Tucker didn't say how many of the dead are children... Mon, 15 May 2017 20:32:00 GMT 2017-05-15T20:32:00Z Pittsburgh Apartment Fire Leaves One Dead A high-rise apartment fire in downtown Pittsburgh early Monday has left one woman dead, and two residents and two firefighters needing medical treatment.... Mon, 15 May 2017 17:37:00 GMT 2017-05-15T17:37:00Z Man thanks iPhone's Siri for saving his life in explosion WILMOT, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man who was injured in a house explosion is thanking Siri for saving his life. Christopher Beaucher says he was checking on his mother's vacant cottage in Wilmot on May 1 when he saw something suspicious and went inside. He tells WMUR-TV ( ) when he switched on a light, the house ... Mon, 15 May 2017 16:22:00 GMT 2017-05-15T16:22:00Z Suit: Woman attacked by camel at Jefferson Davis' last home BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — A Florida woman claims a camel at the last home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis attacked her at the Mississippi tourist attraction in 2015. She's suing the United Sons of Confederate Veterans Inc., identified as the operator of Beauvoir plantation in Biloxi. The Sun Herald ( ) reports S... Mon, 15 May 2017 15:21:00 GMT 2017-05-15T15:21:00Z 2 small earthquakes in Oklahoma bring to dozen over weekend RED ROCK, Okla. (AP) — Two small earthquakes recorded in Oklahoma by the U.S. Geological Survey bring to a dozen the number of temblors recorded in the state during the weekend. A 2.9 magnitude quake was recorded at 2:24 a.m. Sunday near Red Rock in northern Oklahoma and a 2.5 quake was recorded at 4:22 a.m. near Seiling in northern Oklahoma. ... Sun, 14 May 2017 17:02:00 GMT 2017-05-14T17:02:00Z Memorial service set for wife of ESPN broadcaster CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) — A memorial service has been set in Connecticut for the wife of longtime ESPN broadcaster Chris Berman. Sixty-seven-year-old Katherine Ann Berman, of Cheshire, was killed in a two-vehicle traffic crash Tuesday afternoon in Woodbury. The Hartford Courant reports ( that Berman's family is holdi... Sun, 14 May 2017 16:38:00 GMT 2017-05-14T16:38:00Z Report: 5.7 quake jolts remote northern region in Iran TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that a 5.7 magnitude earthquake has jolted a remote area in the northeast of the country. The Saturday report said the epicenter of the quake was the town of Pishqaleh, with a population of about 2,000 people, some 800 kilometers (498 miles) northeast of the capital Tehran. ... Sat, 13 May 2017 19:12:00 GMT 2017-05-13T19:12:00Z IS downs Iraqi helicopter west of Mosul BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi air force helicopter has been downed west of Mosul Saturday afternoon after coming under fire from the Islamic State group, according to Iraq's joint operations command. The helicopter was hit while supporting Iraq's mostly Shiite militia forces in an operation to retake villages still held by the militants in the sprawling desert to Mosul's west, Bri... Sat, 13 May 2017 16:16:00 GMT 2017-05-13T16:16:00Z Appalachia's approach to drugs at odds with AG policy LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In Appalachian states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic, the tough-on-crime policy announced Friday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions runs counter to a recent emphasis on treatment and less prison time for low-level drug offenders. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul strongly opposed the Department of Justice directive, which reverses an ... Sat, 13 May 2017 07:59:00 GMT 2017-05-13T07:59:00Z Speeding Amtrak engineer charged in 2015 crash that killed 8 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The state's top prosecutor on Friday charged a speeding Amtrak engineer with causing a catastrophe, involuntary manslaughter and other crimes in a deadly 2015 derailment that came after he accelerated to 106 mph on a 50 mph curve. Prosecutors said they were in talks with engineer Brandon Bostian's attorney to have him surrender on the ... Sat, 13 May 2017 01:00:00 GMT 2017-05-13T01:00:00Z